Magazine article Security Management

Hurdles to Cyberjustice

Magazine article Security Management

Hurdles to Cyberjustice

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Law enforcement's ability to fight cybercrime is hindered by several factors, including the lack of standards for computer forensics, a discipline still in its infancy, according to Ronald R. Stevens, director of the Computer Crime Unit of the New York State Police.

Stevens made his remarks before a House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime as part of a panel briefing Congress on the cybercrime fighting capabilities at the state level.

Stevens also told Congress that units like his lack the resources to keep up with the caseload. While urgent investigations can be completed quickly, he said, less urgent cases are processed slowly. "It would take approximately 18 months to clear just the pending cases at current staffing levels, if no additional cases were received."

Another issue raised by the panel was the lack of standard cross-jurisdictional procedures. Michael T. McCaul, deputy attorney general for criminal justice with the Texas Office of the Attorney General, described the jurisdictional difficulties in a fictional anecdote about a Web site targeting Texans for fraud. "The Web site is hosted on a computer in Ohio, and investigators are not sure where the perpetrator is located. …

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